Neighbourhood Plan Deadline

Following on from consultations in June Balcombe Parish Council presented the site selection results at Drop-In Exhibitions last week. The information at those sessions is available by going to the Neighbourhood Planning section of this website and selecting Neighbourhood Plan December 2014 Consultation (the top of the list). We would welcome your feedback on the form provided by 9.00 am Monday 15 December. You can send it to us online ( or drop it though the letterbox at Gleddoch House, Stockcroft Road (next to Avon Rest Home), please call 01444 811833 if you would like a hard copy of the form.

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Judicial Review Decision

Frack Free Balcombe Residents’ Association (FFBRA) challenged the WSCC planning approval allowing Cuadrilla to Flow Test the well at Lower Stumble via Judicial Review. The hearing took place 6/7 November and last week the decision was made known. FFBRA’s claim for Judicial Review was dismissed and the Judge ruled with WSCC.

Cuadrilla have informed Balcombe Parish Council that they have no immediate plans for Balcombe.

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Thameslink Timetables from January 2015

Please click on the link below to see the proposed Thameslink timetables from January 2015

Thameslink timetables Jan 15


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Mid Sussex District Plan

District Plan goes out for public consultation

Mid Sussex District Council is encouraging residents to help shape the future of Mid Sussex by giving their views on the draft District Plan.   

Public consultation, starts on Friday 21 November and runs until Friday 16 January 2015. The purpose of the draft District Plan is to set out in broad terms what, where, when and how development will take place in Mid Sussex over the next 17 years. It has been prepared with the help of Town and Parish Councils in Mid Sussex to make sure it reflects the views of local communities.

Do have your say.   Click on the link below




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High Speed Broadband

WSCC Better Connected Oct 14

Please click on the link to see the latest information on High Speed Broadband from the West Sussex Better Connected project.


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STOP sign at Threads

Two or three years ago Balcombe Parish Council spent a great deal of time and effort seeking to have the Give Way sign replaced by a STOP sign.  WSCC’s initial view was that it didn’t meet the relevant criteria, but after a meeting on site it agreed to submit an application to the Secretary of State for permission to over-ride the relevant criteria, and this was done.  The Secretary of State rejected the application on the grounds that there was no evidence of a sufficient number of fatal or serious accidents at the crossroads.   Please see correspondence below (click on the links):-

TRO Request (Stop Sign)

STOP Sign Reply

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Kemps Farm Railway Crossing

Balcombe Parish Council recently met with representatives from Network Rail and Kier, the contractor working on the new Footbridge across the railway at Kemps Farm.   The work has started but much of it has to be done at the weekend when the line is closed.    Mid November offers the next available window and they are working to finish the bridge then.   Should it overrun then mid January is the next available closure date.    Click on the link below to see a plan of the proposed bridge.  Kier have made every attempt to make sure that they are not compounding the Newlands parking issue by parking off road behind the houses, using the railway to being materials to the site and where this is impossible asking lorries to enter via Oldlands.

Footbridge Kemps


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